Blood clots in your period flow can be very normal and simply a natural part of your menstruation.
Many women pass period clots at some point during their menstrual lifetime. It is usually nothing to worry about and can be managed by using the right menstrual hygiene product that suits your flow.
Signs of blood clots during your period
- A blood clot is a thick mass of menstrual blood that is expelled from your body when you menstruate.
- Clots are most common during the heaviest part of your flow – which is usually the first few days.
- Blood Clots look like chunky, jelly-like blobs that vary in size and color.
What causes period blood clots?
During menstruation, the thick lining of your uterus (womb) breaks away. As you menstruate, anticoagulants are released that break down thick menstrual blood before it leaves your body. During a heavy flow, blood is expelled faster and the anticoagulants may not have enough time to break down the blood. That’s when the clots form.
Is my period blood normal?
It’s normal for the consistancy of your period blood to change from one period to the next. One month you might experience many large blood clots during your period, another not. This can depend on your diet and lifestyle.
Blood Clots in your period are generally bright or darker red and can sometimes make your menstrual flow seem dense and thick.
However, if your period is regularly very heavy (you have to change your pad or tampon every hour), and you are passing many large, thick clots, then visit a doctor for a health check, just to be sure.
Are darker colors and thicker flows normal in menstrual blood?
You may notice that your menstrual blood becomes a darker shade (this can range from dark brown to almost black) as you’re near the end of your period. This is a normal color change. It happens mostly during the end, when the menstrual flow isn’t as heavy anymore. It’s old blood that is not being expelled from the body fast enough.
Which period product is best to manage clots
Like mentioned above, menstrual clots are common and usually need no further medical treatment. The best way to manage blood clots is to use a menstrual product that helps you monitor the consistency of your menstrual blood, for example, a menstrual cup.
Tampons and pads absorb period flow but cannot absorb thick blood or menstrual blood clots. Menstrual cups are different, they collect your flow and menstrual clots as they leave your body naturally.
Because menstrual cups collect blood, you are able to see the menstrual blood that is passed from your body. This can be important to get to know the colour, consistency and quantity of blood lost during your period. Knowing these details about your flow means you can spot any significant changes in your period, which can be an indicator to some health issues.
If you’ve never heard of a menstrual cup before, read “How to use a menstrual cup” to see how it works and why it’s a better period solution than tampons or pads (hint: save a small fortune and stop creating bloody waste).
When to see a doctor
If you are passing many thick, large clots or bleeding heavily every month, it could be caused by a health issue. Visiting your doctor will help you rule out any further problems. There can occasionally be other causes for blood clots such as hormonal changes, miscarriage, menopause or endometriosis. If you are concerned, get a consult with your doctor.